The title says it all. McCoy Tyner (happily still with us at 73) is one of the greatest, most consistent of jazz pianists, and this album tells you all you need to know about why that should be.
The two tracks that bookend this tremendous, easygoing yet always challenging disc have titles that might sum up this glorious music - Passion Dance and Blues On The Corner. Tyner never neglects emotion in his playing, nor does he forget for long the blues. The first two numbers here are classic expressions of both. Four By Five has a more exploratory, `modern jazz` vibe, giving the always to-the-point tenor sax of the splendid Joe Henderson plenty of room to roam.
Search For Peace (this was recorded in `67) is a suitably ruminative number by Tyner - as are all five selections - in which the pianist plays a solo to melt any heart, his accomplices entering into the spirit of the piece in complementary fashion, Henderson offering an unsentimental, beautifully phrased solo that leads into a gently cathartic fade-out. Lovely.
Blues On The Corner ends this perfectly remastered reissue on a very high note, leaving this sated listener wanting yet more of this enchanting music.
There are many dream teams on the jazz records that came from Blue Note in the 50s and 60s, and this one is one of the choicest. Ron Carter`s bass never lets you down,
the great, seemingly always available Elvin Jones graces any date, and Henderson is
luxury casting, a forever underrated player whose intelligent sax playing is always a boon, never a hindrance.
McCoy Tyner was and is one of the greats. Here`s why.
Exultant, classic jazz.